Dear Editor,I was born in Guyana. I am loyal to my country, notwithstanding its challenges and idiosyncrasies. My patriotism is a natural manifestation of where I was birthed. I pay close attention to events in my country. I am as proud of its achievements as I am constructively critical of some of its avoidable pitfalls. I also pay attention to international affairs. I try to draw comparisons, and assess where my country is positioned compared to the rest of the world. Those comparisons help me to determine whether life is still worth living in Guyana, and I unapologetically think it is.A New York Times reporter recently published an article in that media, painting a very distorted, condescending and insulting account of Guyana. That reporter’s name is given as Strauss or Krauss, or some crosses like that. All persons who were born in this country, Guyana, should be very offended and feel disrespected by the article. Equally, too, should be thousands of naturalised Guyanese, immigrants seeking a better life in Guyana; and Exxon. Yes, Exxon!Recent media editorials and columns in the media regarding KRAUSS (pronounced as Cross), were fitting thorny garlands which I wish they both had the privilege of physically affixing firmly around his neck.I was moved to add my two ounces of protest in writing mainly because of my concern about the deafening silence from those who have the power and influence to request a retraction of the New York Times article. Many persons quiver at the thought of expressing themselves or taking a stand on critical matters, not realising that their very silence condemns them to even greater annihilation.The New York Times is internationally renowned, and is read daily by millions of businessmen, investors, tourists and aristocrats worldwide. I have seen many professionals on the Metro and LIRR from Manhattan reading the New York Times with undivided diligence as they commute daily. There must be expeditious damage control by Guyana before their minds are permanently stained on Krauss’s account.I am advocating that formal missives be sent to the New York Times in protest of Krauss’s dismal report on Guyana from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Business, Guyana Press Association, The University of Guyana, The Human Rights Association, The Private Sector Commission, The Diaspora, The Churches (SDA, AOG, CIOG, HDS, GRC, etc.), the Bar Association, the political Opposition, and all the usual voices of dissent against injustices and issues affecting the development and image of beautiful Guyana.Sincerely,Orette Cutting
Rosberg will take over the wheel for the final day on Sunday and Hamilton admitted he would have liked to have more laps under his belt heading to the first race of the season in Melbourne after being affected by an illness at the second test last week.However, the two-time world champion is happy with the form shown by the new W06 ahead of the defence of his title.“It’s been generally good. The team has done a great job to get all the componenets here and reliability has been strong,” he said.“We are in as good a shape as we can be.”Williams were once again the closest challengers to Mercedes as Felipe Massa produced his best time of the testing season, but was still over two tenths down on Hamilton despite being on the faster supersoft tyres.“The car has remained very reliable over all three tests. Our long runs look positive and the car remains consistent throughout the stints,” said Massa.“We are not the only quick car on the track, though, and the fight behind Mercedes will be interesting.”Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was just over a hundredth of a second behind Massa on his best lap on the supersofts.On a day in which seven drivers managed over 100 laps, McLaren’s reliability problems were again highlighted as an oil leak restricted test driver Kevin Magnussen to just 39 laps.“The day stopped a little too early for us,” said McLaren racing director Eric Boullier.“We didn’t do as many laps as we wanted. It is true it is going to hurt the development of the car on the performance side, but we will recover.”Results from day three of the final pre-season test in Barcelona:1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:23.022 (76 laps)2. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) 1:23.262 (102 laps)3. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:23.276 (136 laps)4. Carlos Sainz Junior (ESP/Toro Rosso) !:24.191 (132 laps)5. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) 1:27.200 (116 laps)6. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) 1:24.477 (123 laps)7. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India) 1:24.939 (156 laps)8. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/McLaren) 1:25.225 (39 laps)9. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1:25.742 (126 laps)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BARCELONA, February 28- World champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest on the third day of the final Formula One pre-season test in Barcelona as Mercedes proved they remain well ahead of the chasing pack on Saturday.Hamilton eased to the fastest lap of the day once he changed onto soft tyres, although his time of 1min 23.022sec was nearly three tenths off the quickest time set by teammate Nico Rosberg on Friday.
WASHINGTON – Afghanistan will produce another record poppy harvest this year that cements its status as the world’s near-sole supplier of the heroin source, yet a furious debate over how to reverse the trend is stalling proposals to cut the crop, U.S. officials say. As President Bush prepares for weekend talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, divisions within the U.S. administration and among NATO allies have delayed release of a $475 million counternarcotics program for Afghanistan, where intelligence officials see growing links between drugs and the Taliban, the officials said. U.N. figures to be released in September are expected to show that Afghanistan’s poppy production has risen up to 15 percent since 2006 and that the country now accounts for 95 percent of the world’s crop, 3 percentage points more than last year, officials familiar with preliminary statistics told The Associated Press. But counterdrug proposals by some U.S. officials have met fierce resistance, including boosting the amount of forcible poppy field destruction in provinces that grow the most, officials said. The approach also would link millions of dollars in development aid to benchmarks on eradication; arrests and prosecutions of narcotraders, corrupt officials; and on alternative crop production. Those ideas represent what proponents call an “enhanced carrot-and-stick approach” to supplement existing anti-drug efforts. They are the focus of the new $475 million program outlined in a 995-page report, the release of which has been postponed twice and may be again delayed due to disagreements, officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because parts of the report remain classified. Counternarcotics agents at the State Department had wanted to release a 123-page summary of the strategy last month and then again last week, but were forced to hold off because of concerns it may not be feasible, the officials said. Now, even as Bush sees Karzai on Sunday and Monday at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Md., a tentative release date of Aug. 9, timed to follow the meetings, appears in jeopardy. Some in the administration, along with NATO allies Britain and Canada, seek revisions that could delay it until at least Aug. 13, the officials said. The program represents a 13 percent increase over the $420 million in U.S. counternarcotics aid to Afghanistan last year. It would adopt a bold new approach to “coercive eradication” and set out criteria for local officials to receive development assistance based on their cooperation, the officials said. Although the existing aid, supplemented mainly by Britain and Canada and supported by the NATO force in Afghanistan, has achieved some results – notably an expected rise in the number of “poppy-free” provinces from six to at least 12 and possibly 16, mainly in the north – production elsewhere has soared, they said. “Afghanistan is providing close to 95 percent of the world’s heroin,” the State Department’s top counternarcotics official, Tom Schweich, said at a recent conference. “That makes it almost a sole-source supplier” and presents a situation “unique in world history.” Almost all the heroin from Afghanistan makes its way to Europe; most of the heroin in the U.S. comes from Latin America. Afghanistan last year accounted for 92 percent of global opium production, compared with 70 percent in 2000 and 52 percent a decade earlier. The higher yields in Afghanistan brought world production to a record high of 7,286 tons in 2006, 43 percent more than in 2005. A State Department inspector general’s report released Friday noted that the counternarcotics assistance is dwarfed by the estimated $38 billion “street value” of Afghanistan’s poppy crop, if all is converted to heroin, and said eradication goals were “not realistic.” Schweich, an advocate of the now-stalled plan, has argued for more vigorous eradication efforts, particularly in southern Helmand province, responsible for some 80 percent of Afghanistan’s poppy production. It is where, he says, growers must be punished for ignoring good-faith appeals to switch to alternative, but less lucrative, crops. “They need to be dealt with in a more severe way,” he said at the conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There needs to be a coercive element, that’s something we’re not going to back away from or shy away from.” But, in fact, many question whether this is the right approach with Afghanistan mired in poverty and in the throes of an insurgency run by the Taliban and residual al-Qaida forces. Along with Britain, whose troops patrol Helmand, elements in the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy have expressed concern, saying that more raids will drive farmers with no other income to join extremists. There is also skepticism about the incentives in the new strategy from those who believe development assistance should not be denied to local communities because of poppy growth, officials said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
MEETINGS TUESDAY The North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking breakfast, 7 o’clock at the Northridge Fashion Center food court. Call (818) 349-5676. SEMINARS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’TUESDAY The city of Burbank’s Community Development Department Team Business Program will hold a workshop titled “Building Excellent Sales Skills,” 6:30 p.m. at the Police Community Room, 200 North Third St., Burbank. Call (818) 238-5198. CONTINUING EVENTS TODAY The Stargazer Oriental Restaurant & Bar will host a business networking mixer at 5 p.m. at 6501 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. Call (818) 704-6633. Temple City Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Live Oak Park, 10144 Bogue St., Temple City. Call (626) 444-1482. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 781-1111. The Winnetka Chamber of Commerce meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Canoga Park Bowl, Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-6908. The Toluca Lake Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at Paty’s Restaurant, 10001 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake. TUESDAY The YMCA’s Coed Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at various restaurants. For more information, call (818) 841-0387. California Entrepreneur Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-4226. The Mayor’s Office of International Trade offers free international-trade assistance the second Tuesday of each month at the Valley Economic Alliance, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Business Works Networking Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Carol’s Restaurant, Northridge. Call (805) 497-0092. To Network meets at 7 a.m. each Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 377-0853. The Greater San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Women meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (818) 789-5414. The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Paul’s Cafe, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-1020. Business Network International, Lunch Bunch Chapter, will meet at noon at Carousel Restaurant, 150 E. Angeleno St., Burbank. Call (818) 519-1717, Ext. 220. The Professional Business Network of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:05 a.m. at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 585-0632 or log on to www.leads4business.com. The Network Advantage of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 702-9687. The Harbor chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-3600. The Optimist Club in Action meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Big Jim’s Restaurant, 8950 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley. Call (818) 785-2877. The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Satellite Chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Chaminade College Preparatory, 10210 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 704-0763. BizNet Online magazine will host a networking breakfast from 8 to 9:30 at Denny’s Restaurant, 9001 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 892-7883, Ext. 6, or visit the Web site at www.biznetonline.com. Burbank Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at the Carousel Restaurant Holiday Inn, 105 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. The Business Referral Group of Tarzana will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 881-4900. The Computer Users Group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call Mariam Radcliffe at (818) 249-1629 or visit the Web site at www.tugnet.org. Empowerment Systems workshop: “Helping Achievers Succeed.” Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Crescenta Valley Chapter of Ali Lassen’s Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Decadence Espresso Bar, 3820 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose. Call (800) 767-7337. LeTip of Calabasas will meet at 7 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call Glenn Neely at (800) 617-5626, Ext. 210. LeTip of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Dr. John at (661) 222-9021. Motivated Toastmasters will meet from 6:50 to 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (310) 979-5777. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior Services Business Council will meet at noon at Tango D’amore Restaurant on Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call (818) 349-5676. Pre-Paid Legal Services meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 781-1111. Power Partners of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 298-5330. Premier Business Xchange will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 832-1463. Rising Star Toastmasters meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Frank’s Restaurant, 6005 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 982-9999. The Thousand Oaks Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 371-0188. The Warner Center Rotary Club will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn, 2101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-1440 or (818) 737-1347. The Zonta Club of Conejo Valley meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. Call Sandra Cherry at (800) 266-2077. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts an economic and business development meeting, 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of even-number months at the Economic Alliance Conference Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a livable and sustainable communities meeting, 8 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Economic Alliance BFG Boardroom, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a business and education partnership meeting, 8:30 a.m. at L.A. Valley College, Fireside Room, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 379-7000. WEDNESDAY Business Network International of Northridge will meet at 7 a.m. at Porter Valley Country Club, Rinaldi at Tampa. Call Marty Laff at (818) 886-4670. The Greater Los Angeles Professionals chapter of Experience Unlimited meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the WorkSource Center, 21010 Vanowen St., Canoga Park. Call (818) 596-4432. The Calabasas Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Weiler’s Delicatessen, 22323 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call Patti at (818) 346-1099. The Valley International Trade Association hosts a business networking breakfast seminar the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. LeTip of Encino will meet at 7 a.m. at the Encino Glen Restaurant, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-0011. The San Fernando Valley Council of Beta Sigma Phi, International Woman’s Cultural, Social and Philanthropic Organizations meets at 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at 16916 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 508-4705. Kiwanis International, the Burbank Noon Club, will meet at noon at the YMCA in Burbank. Call (818) 954-9294. The Rotary Club of Mid San Fernando Valley meets each Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at Coco’s Family Restaurant, 16835 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (661) 294-7030. The Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 371-0122. The Conejo Valley Optimist Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 375-6975. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 781-1111. The Rotary Club of Van Nuys will meet at noon at the 94th Aero Squadron, 16320 Raymer St., Van Nuys. Call (818) 988-0180. Executive Toastmasters Club 412 meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Acapulco, 385 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. The Pacemasters Toastmasters club will meet at 11:45 a.m. at St. Jude Medical, 15900 Valley View Court, Sylmar. Call (818) 493-3203 or log on to www.pacesetter.com/toastmasters.htm. The Mid-Valley Chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Bakers Square, 17921 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 667-8967. The Northridge Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. Call (800) 767-7337. Business Network International, the Power Professionals Chapter, will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Paradise Cafe, 4224 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. Burbank Toastmasters meets at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at First Christian Church, 221 S. Sixth St., Burbank. Call Michael Devine at (818) 242-4458. The Business Exchange Group will meet from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. Call (818) 377-5851. The Conejo Valley Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call Julie Paris at (818) 707-3770. Crescenta Valley Business Network International will meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. at the La Ca ada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Ca ada Flintridge. Call (818) 954-9294. The Executives Association of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Warner Center Marriott. Call (818) 703-6161. Jewel City Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. in the Red Cross Building, 1501 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call Linda Cota-Kumagai at (818) 771-7180. The Joseph P. Rinnert Toastmasters Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at India’s Tandoori Restaurant, 11819 Wilshire Blvd., No. 206, West Los Angeles. Call (213) 384-9727. The Mid-Valley Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast meeting is held at 7:15 a.m. the last Wednesday of each month except December at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 989-0300. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Special Events Networking Cluster will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the chamber office, 9401 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. Pacific Coast Business Networking of Simi Valley meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday at Denny’s, 2460 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 306-6410. The National Association of Women Business Owners meets the second Wednesday of each month at Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 16608 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 901-7900. The San Fernando Valley (UCLA) Bruins Business Networking Group meets at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Open to all UCLA alumni. Call Larry Davis at (818) 366-2470. The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills meets at noon each Wednesday at Woodland Hills County Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Visitors welcome. Call (818) 702-0083. The Toluca Lake Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mo’s Restaurant, 4301 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Call Jon Molin at (818) 763-5162, Ext. 134. The Women’s Enrichment Circle meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1275 Bluesail Circle, Westlake Village. Call (818) 222-0160. The Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Calabasas Library, 23975 Park Sorrento, Calabasas. Call (818) 707-2137. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a work force and education investment meeting, 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each quarter at L.A. Valley College, Cafeteria Conference Room, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a regional branding and marketing meeting, 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Economic Alliance BFG Board Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. THURSDAY The Agoura, Oak Park, Conejo Valley Chambers of Commerce Networking Group will meet at noon at Padri Ristorante, 29008 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 889-3150. The Santa Clarita Valley’s Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Coco’s at The Old Road and Pico Canyon. Call (661) 291-1824. The Tarzana Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call Michael at (818) 784-0922. The Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute will offer employment preparation seminars at 2:30 p.m. at 15130 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (800) 998-2678. The Business Breakfast Network will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Greenhouse Cafe. For more information, call (805) 370-0035. Ike Krieger’s Success Roundtable, a sales- and marketing-related networking and coaching meeting, will meet at 4 p.m. at 7949 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 997-7575. The Business Networking Group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call (818) 333-1811. Adventurers Toastmasters meets from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at Jerry’s Deli, 16650 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call Dick Hogue at (818) 366-9686. The West Valley Chapter of Financial Planning Association meets at 7:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at Encino Glen, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 344-0288. The Businesswomen Learning Golf & Networking meets at 9 a.m. each Thursday at Studio City Golf Course. Call (310) 990-0179. The Glendale Civic Center Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at “The Way to Happiness” Building, 201 E. Broadway, Glendale. Call (310) 466-2232. The Newbury Park Rotary Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 498-2357. The National Association of Women Business Owners meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Call (805) 445-7121. LA Business Link will meet at 8:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Northridge. Call (818) 701-7789. The Valley Influence Professionals (VIP) meets for business networking at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at Coco’s Restaurant, 22200 Ventura Blvd., Canoga Park. Call (800) 774-8088. The Business Network International, Encino Chapter, will meet at 7 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 954-9294. The Gold Coast Chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard. For more information, call (805) 485-5331. Burnt Toastmasters meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana. Call (323) 653-0500, Ext. 102. The Valley Computer Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at 521 E. Olive St., Burbank. Call (818) 846-4012. Referrals Unlimited Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 492-9923. Business Referral Network Inc., Northridge Chapter, will meet from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 19710 Nordhoff Place, Chatsworth. Call Larry Davis at (818) 366-2470. Conejo Business Boomers will meet for breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call Steve Freeman at (805) 495-4211. Cosmopolitan Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. at the International House of Pancakes Restaurant, 6429 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call Brett Yollis at (818) 705-6913. Distinguished Singles Toastmasters meets at 7:15 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Empowerment Systems Network. Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Inside Track will meet for breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 at Coco’s, 21844 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call Sue Silver at (818) 591-3131. The Kiwanis Club of Northridge will meet at noon at the CSUN University Club, Dearborn Street and Zelzah Avenue, Northridge. Call (818) 377-4566. The Kiwanis Club of Van Nuys will meet at noon at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Call Robert Sentenac at (818) 988-2671. LeTip of Northridge will meet at 7 a.m. at the Porter Valley Ranch Country Club. Call Manny Solana at (877) 444-4503. The Lunch Bunch of the Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce holds business networking luncheons the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Marie Callender’s, 3635 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. Call (818) 991-3101. Studio City Business Network International meets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, Paradise Cafe, 4224 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Call Dr. Pohl at (323) 436-0303. Toastmasters International Salesmastery Club No. 6178 will meet from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room, Sherman Oaks Galleria. For information, call (818) 908-9915. Westlake Agoura Thousand Oaks LeTip business networking group meets at 7:01 a.m. each Thursday at The Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, I, Westlake Village. Call Mark A. Lester at (805) 341-7668 for reservation. Warner Center Toastmasters meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills. Call Carolyn at (818) 996-7483. Dynamic Networking Alliance meets 7 a.m. each Thursday at Coco’s Restaurant, The Old Road and Pico Canyon in Santa Clarita. Call (661) 291-1824. The Sherman Oaks LeTip Networking group meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday at Marie Callender’s, 14743 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 908-0057. FRIDAY The Sunrise Rotary Club of Westlake Village meets at 7:30 a.m. each Friday at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 494-9033. The Kiwanis Club of Glendale will meet at noon at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 248-7796. The Valley Success Builders Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at Food Sensations, 19535 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 407-9200. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Home Improvement Breakfast Networking Cluster will meet at 7 at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. North Valley Business International meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Abe’s Deli, 19626 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call Mark Smith at (818) 709-2019. WINGS, a business networking group, meets at 7:15 a.m. each other Friday at Weiler’s Deli, 22325 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call Paula Jurgenson at (818) 341-5401. SATURDAY Glendale Loquations Toastmasters meets at 9:30 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca ada Flintridge. Call (323) 550-1997. Note: Some events may require reservations or fees. The Daily News welcomes items for Business Agenda. All items should be received at least two weeks before event. Send to Business Agenda, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I said ‘Martin, I play the ball THEN I hit the player!’”Jim then asked Brazilian Silva if he ever found it difficult to understand what Keown was saying, to which Silva replied that ex-Gunners midfielder and talkSPORT host Ray Parlour was more difficult to understand!‘Mesut Ozil MUST be starting for Arsenal’, says Gilberto Silva REVEALED 😴 Gilberto: “When I went to sleep I used to dream Keown was shouting at me.”🤔 Jim: “Could you understand @MartinKeown5?”😂 Gilberto: “@RealRomfordPele was more difficult!”This is brilliant from #Arsenal legend @GilbertoSilva! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/6DVn23GQ9e— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 8, 2019 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LATEST ARSENAL FC NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Silva in action for Arsenal in December 2003 And Silva, who played as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal from 2002-08, lifted the lid on what it was like playing alongside the likes of Keown.On Keown, Silva said to talkSPORT’s Jim White: “The funniest thing for me was to play with Martin Keown because he’d shout ‘Gilberto don’t go, stay, stay, stay.’”“And after the game when I went to sleep I had Martin in my mind shouting at me! Gilberto Silva has admitted former Arsenal team-mate Martin Keown would shout at him so much that he would even dream about the former defender giving him an earful!The pair played alongside each other for two seasons which includes the memorable ‘Invincibles’ campaign in 2003/04 which saw the Gunners go an entire Premier League season unbeaten. targets rookie error Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED appointed LATEST Keown never hid away from confrontation in his career getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Silva also claimed he gave Keown sound advice on how to avoid bookings in the very physical English top flight.He added: “Once Martin came to me in the dressing room in the morning and said ‘you’re playing in the Premier League and we have played so many games, how come you haven’t had a yellow card? It’s not possible in the Premier League’
REVEALED 3 no dice Foden starred for Man City against Cardiff and Guardiola thinks the club have a star for the next 10 years Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT tense Foden signed a new City deal until 2024 in December and his manager said he would get his rewards in the long run.“It’s not easy for him with [David] Silva, Bernardo [Silva], [Ilkay] Gundogan, [Kevin] De Bruyne, but he wants to be here, he’s delighted to be here,” Guardiola added.“I assure you next year he will play more minutes. That’s the process. He’s 18 or 19. For the next decade he will be important.”Victory sent City back to the top of the table and they were ahead inside six minutes through De Bruyne, though the Belgian admitted after the match his shot from a tight angle on the touchline was intended as a cross. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Leroy Sane doubled the lead just before the break with a low shot following a corner, and Cardiff rarely looked like getting back into it until a couple of late chances, the best of them seeing Ederson race off his line to deny Oumar Niasse.It was another composed performance from City, despite Guardiola making seven changes from the side that beat Fulham on Saturday.“These players have helped us, they are not guys who did not play for two months and are not happy,” Guardiola said of those who came into the starting XI.“We have a good squad and without it we cannot fight for the four competitions.“It’s impossible. We are here in April because we have confidence in the players.” Phil Foden can be a Manchester City star for the next decade, Pep Guardiola believes.The teenager made his first Premier League start in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff and his display suggested he is ready to feature more.Though Foden did not score, the 18-year-old forced a couple of saves from Neil Etheridge in the second half and saw one close range shot hit the post. A 2-0 victory against Cardiff sent Man City back to the top of the Premier League Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “Phil, we know it, he’s young but he can do everything,” Guardiola said afterwards. “He can create chances, he’s incredible with his vision. We can count on them and that’s good.“Every day he is in the locker room, he is part of the group and we trust him.“I’m happy with the way he plays. He’s at a good level. He could have scored two goals, he’s exceptional.” talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Sane scored his ninth Premier League goal of the season in City’s 2-0 win LIVE ON talkSPORT 3 REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining gameday cracker ADVICE City are still fighting on three fronts this season. They won the Carabao Cup and, including the defence of their Premier League crown, they are in the semi-final of the FA Cup, with Brighton the team they must beat to reach the final.That game is live on talkSPORT on Saturday at 17:30. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow REPLY In the quarter-final of the Champions League, City have been drawn to play against Premier League rivals Tottenham, meaning they will face the north London side three times in the space of 11 days.The first leg of their tie is on 9 April, with the second being played on 17 April and three days later the two face each other again, though the latter fixture is in the Premier League.
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will start for a second game running for Chelsea as they welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.The England pair started the Blues’ last game at home to Brighton – a 3-0 victory in a game where Loftus-Cheek scored and Maurizio Sarri has given them the nod once again. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January This comes as something of a surprise as both Hudson-Odoi, 18, and Loftus-Cheek, 23, have had limited action in Chelsea’s first team.Sarri has made two changes from the team that beat Brighton which sees Antonio Rudiger and Gonzalo Higuain replace Andreas Christensen and Olivier Giroud.As for West Ham, they have made five changes from their dreadful 2-0 defeat at home to Everton last time out. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Getty REVEALED tense shining Pellegrini has made five changes from the below par performance against Everton Below you can see the confirmed line-ups for both sides.Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, HazardSubs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, GiroudWest Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Felipe Anderson, Lanzini, Arnautovic, HernandezSubs: Snodgrass, Adrian, Obiang, Nasri, Diop, Masuaku, Lucas Perez 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Loftus-Cheek scored in the win over Brighton huge blow LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Mark Noble comes back to captain the side while Fabian Balbuena, Felipe Anderson, Javier Hernandez and Ryan Fredericks are also names in the starting XI.Out go Issa Diop, Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass, Pedro Obiang and Lucas Perez. deals 2 REVEALED gameday cracker
Those who had planned on attending will be encouraged to now bring a friend to the new date!!“We will be working on rescheduling a date for this very important presentation, and I will advertise the new date and time when it comes available,” said Hensley. With a second wave of snow coming this afternoon into this evening, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper has POSTPONED the Unarmed Response to an Active Shooter Event (URASE) presentation scheduled tonight at 7:15 PM at the Parish Center.“We believe it would be in the best interest of all wishing to attend to stay safe and avoid having a crash just to attend the program,” said ISP Sgt. Philip Hensley
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Donegal’s annual Arts and Book Festival for children had another popular year, with more than 3,400 children taking part in Wainfest 2016.The festival in October 2016 included 79 school events and 17 family events in public libraries, Taobh Tire centres, the County Museum and the Regional Cultural Centre.Wainfest strives to offer the very best in performance for children aged 4 to 12 years and is run by the Council’s Cultural Services Division. Enchanted in Buncrana Library during Wainfest’s Family Story PartyAccording to Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian with Donegal County Council “Wainfest is all about opening up opportunities for children by increasing their involvement in reading, culture, language, arts, libraries and heritage and by offering the very best in performance in a fun yet educational manner.“We are delighted with the number of children who participated in the 2016 festival and we are fully committed to continuing to grow Wainfest with a view to enabling the creative potential of every child in the county.”She added “the Council’s commitment to an environment where ‘creativity and culture can flourish’ has set the scene for Wainfest and this commitment will help guide us in terms of the future development of the festival. Our strategic vision for Cultural Services has been set out in Cultúr and Wainfest is an important part of our offering and is a great example of how the Council invests in the arts, culture, heritage and languages as a commitment to a healthier, more fulfilled, prosperous and successful county”.While all of the shows, events and performances proved popular with the young audience, the most popular included ‘Barking Dog Pinocchio’ in the Regional Culture Centre which had an audience of 429 and ‘Revolting Rhymes’ which was performed in Milford, Buncrana, Twin Towns, Na Rosa and Gaoth Dobhair Libraries and which had a combined audience of 356, while the ‘How to Train your Dragon show’ performed in the Central Library in Letterkenny and in Gaoth Dobhair library attracted 359 children. Children taking part in the 1916 Digital Design workshop at part of Wainfest 2016. Combining ICT and activity went down a treat with students and teachers alike.“Wainfest is all about engaging with children at a level that is fun and interactive and plans are well underway for Wainfest 2017 which will be another wonderful voyage of fun and discovery” promises Donna Cavanagh.This year’s Wainfest will take place from 7 to 14 October and anyone interested in being part of this year’s event should contact Sinead Mc Laughlin at email@example.com. For more on Wainfest visit www.wainfest.ieOver 3,400 children in Donegal discovered the fun of Wainfest 2016 was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArtschildrenCultureDonegal County CouncilWainfest